An official welcome to Rice, followed by informal information sessions, will be held from 1:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. These special events will introduce you to life at Rice and answer questions you may have.
The events listed below is a sample of what one should expect during Rice’s New Families Orientation and is scheduled to change. By clicking on the titles of some sessions, you can learn more about what has taken place in past years and what you could expect.
All college masters will be holding a reception while students move in. Stop by to meet your student’s masters, ask questions, and mingle.
Introduction to College Life
Families will meet with a panel comprised of college masters, resident associates, college coordinators and student leadership while students are with their advisors.
A Rice Welcome
Join other families in Tudor Fieldhouse for an official welcome by:
Visit representatives from the various offices listed below in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center.
Learn about the unique advising system at Rice, academic rules and regulations, and academic resources. Presented by Aliya Bhimani, Director of Academic Advising. Peer Academic Advisors will be available for individual questions in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center
Orientation to the Undergraduate Architecture Program with Q&A with Sarah Whiting, Dean and William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture and Dr. Christopher Hight, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor, School of Architecture.
Nicole Van Den Huevel, Director and Jessica Campbell, Associate Director will share resources for exploring post graduate options and employment opportunities, including externships and summer internships.
Student Wellbeing & Counseling
Presentation and Q&A about the mental health and wellbeing resources available at Rice University.
Presentation by Dean Ned Thomas, Brown School of Engineering: “The 3 Ships: Leadership, Internship and Entrepreneurship in the School of Engineering."
Presentation by Christine Martinez, Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Laura Kirkland, Assistant Director of Academic Advising, with Q&A.
Study abroad strives to provide substantial, transformational experiences within each undergraduate’s personal curriculum through intellectually rigorous and culturally enriching international opportunities. Learn about study abroad in this session presented by Dongming De Angelis, Study Abroad Advisor.
Presentations by Gary Smith, Associate Dean of the Shepherd School of Music and Geoffrey Scott, Director of Music Admissions, with Q&A.
During their initial year at Rice, your new students will experience significant change as they make social, emotional, academic, and interpersonal transition to college. Learn more about what they will experience and how you can support them. Presented by Chris Landry, Assistant Director of First Year Programs, Student Success Initiatives.
Religious Life on Campus
Join a few of the Joint Campus Ministers (JCMs), individuals from multiple faiths and religious backgrounds who are directly affiliated with a recognized club on campus, to answer religious and spiritual life questions and find connections.
Learn more about the unique experiences of transfer students at Rice including information related to their academic success and social transition to Rice. Presented by Brad Blunt, Assistant Director of Academic Advising.
Understanding Financial Aid
Paul Negrete, Sr. Assistant Director of Financial Aid will provide a brief overview of the need-based financial aid award process at Rice University.
An opportunity to chat with current Rice parents. Sponsored by Housing and Dining and the Rice Annual Fund.
Please note that this is information that can change and may be updated as the schedule for O-Week 2018 is finalized. Please take a look at our 2018 NFO Program as an example of how the day is structured.
While most buildings and rooms on campus are wheelchair accessible, people having disability-related needs or requiring documents in alternative formats should contact First Year Programs at email@example.com. Please notify FYP at least two weeks prior to New Families Orientation to insure that we are able to provide accommodations.